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The Incident (Smokestack, 2021)
Published 01.07.21


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Emma E. Jones is a writer, activist and community campaigner living in Oxfordshire. 'The Incident' (Smokestack, 2021) is her first collection.


Emma studied Modern History and English at the University of Oxford (2003-6) and her poems have appeared in The Journal, Acumen, Stand Magazine and Poetry Ireland Review. She was longlisted for the UK's National Poetry Competition (2016) and for the Mslexia/PBS Women's Poetry Competition (2018). Emma had two poems longlisted for the National Poetry Competition (2018).

Her poem 'For an unknown migrant' was shortlisted and highly commended in the Live Canon 2019 International Poetry Competition. It has been published in the 2019 anthology.


She has read at the Tandem Festival (2015), the Catweazle Club (2017), Hear the Word (2018 & 2019) and at the Oxford International Women’s Festival on March 8th 2018, Oxford Town Hall. Her letter in defence of Emily Brontë appeared in The Guardian in July 2018.

In July 2021, Emma was a guest on the COMRADIO podcast, discussing poetry, history and the Left.




2014 - Present


published online as part of

Unlocking Detention (2014)

'The Incident':

The Journal #49 (2016)

'A Poem on our Proud History of Welcoming Strangers'


'For the shipwrecked'

Acumen #87

(January 2017)

'The Quality of Mercy'

Acumen #90

(January 2018)



'The Long View'

The Journal #53

(January 2018)




'Civil Defence'

Stand Magazine #16.3

(May/June 2018)

'Phoenix Park Murders'

Poetry Ireland Review #125

(Summer 2018)


'The Albatross'


'A Photograph'

Acumen #92

(Autumn 2018)

'For an unknown migrant'

Live Canon 2019 Anthology


The Journal #59

(February 2020)


'At the Gates'.

'Behind Enemy Lines'



Stand Magazine #227

(Autumn 2020)

'Still Life'

Rebel Talk: Poems from the Climate Emergency

(Autumn 2021)

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